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How to Form and Study With a Study Group

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Sometimes it’s tough to study all alone, so forming a study group is a great idea if you do it correctly. Here are a few tips for forming and studying with a study group

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How to Form a Study Group

Forming a study group is just as important as what you do when you’re in the group. For maximum success, keep the following things in mind.

  • Choose 4-6 good members: Approach people you’d choose as study partners - you know, the good students, focused individuals, people who actually take notes. Choose wisely, so you’re not stuck carrying the entire study load on your shoulders.
  • Choose a study format: What kind of study group are you going to form? Will one person ask questions and everyone else answer? Will everyone have a task? Will you break into pairs and regroup? Choose what you’ll do ahead of time, so you don’t waste precious study time arguing about what you’re going to do.
  • Find an appropriate study place: You can’t form a study group in the middle of your dorm or lunchroom. Choose a quiet place to study like the library, or a place with ambient noise, like a bookstore or coffee shop. If you’re required to study in your classroom, then choose a spot near a wall, so you can limit your distractions.

How to Study With Your Study Group

  • Assign study group roles: Your first order of business should be to assign roles to your study group if you’re using that method. Choose from roles like the leader, a note-taker, a time manager, a researcher and someone to make sure everyone participates. You’ll help your group out immensely if everyone has a responsibility.
  • Set a timer: Choose the length of time for your study session, and get out your phone or watch and time yourselves. Make sure the time manager keeps track of how long you have left and gives warnings so you use your time the most effectively.
  • Work through all of the material: Be sure to systematically go through every bit of information covered on the test. Review former quiz questions, questions in the text, and lecture notes. Compare information to see if you truly understand the material.
  • Review: Quiz at the end of the study session with everyone’s notes closed. Take turns asking and answering questions.

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